Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed on Wednesday for holding a press conference on special Robert Mueller’s report — before anyone had received the document or had time to read its 400 pages.
Here is what some people were saying about Barr’s scheduling:
Just been informed by DOJ that we’ll receive Mueller’s report only after Barr gives a press conference.# p #4_62 # ad skipped = true #
Once again, Barr wants to shape the public’s perception of the report.# p #5_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is on top of reports DOJ secretly briefed the White House.# p #6_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is not justice. Just PR.# p #7_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 17, 2019# p #8_62 # ad skipped = true #
Sorry but this is not a press conference – it’s an opportunity for Barr to put a spin on the ball or defend himself. No one can ask real questions here. https://t.co/dNTLk95iPX# p #9_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 17, 2019# p #10_62 # ad skipped = true #
a press conference about a product no one will have seen? what is this, the film industry? https://t.co/maNiICNsFI# p #11_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 17, 2019# p #12_62 # ad skipped = true #
What if Democrats just schedule a hearing with #mueller as the witness for 9:30 am tomorrow?# p #13_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) April 17, 2019# p #14_62 # ad skipped = true #
I am certain you are familiar with the subpoena process. Perhaps you should make use of it.# p #15_62 # ad skipped = true #
— ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕜𝕚𝕖 𝕃𝕖𝕊𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖 💋🦎🦎💋 (@Pinkie525) April 17, 2019# p #16_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is absolutely no reason for Barr to be holding a press conference to take questions on a report no one has yet had a chance to read and digest. This is stupid.# p #17_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 17, 2019# p #18_62 # ad skipped = true #
Purpose of this presser seems to be not to let reporters ask informed questions but rather to get TV footage of Barr saying things Trump will like that can play all day https://t.co/hUpRz41Ppm# p #19_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) April 17, 2019# p #20_62 # ad skipped = true #
Oh man. Barr is holding a press conference tomorrow at 9:30 and then not releasing the actual report until HOURS later.# p #21_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is a political hatchet job. https://t.co/TTFT9YPZG8# p #22_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 17, 2019# p #23_62 # ad skipped = true #
Robert Mueller or members of his prosecutorial team will NOT be in attendance at the Barr press conference tomorrow, according to the spokesperson for Mueller’s office. @kpolantz# p #24_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) April 17, 2019# p #25_62 # ad skipped = true #
William Barr is holding his post-game press conference before the game starts. What an embarrassment. https://t.co/Xg13ZY96jD# p #26_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 17, 2019# p #27_62 # ad skipped = true #
all media must boycott this. this is just so wrong.# p #28_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Ezme Webb-Hines (@EzWebb) April 17, 2019# p #29_62 # ad skipped = true #
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— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) April 17, 2019# p #31_62 # ad skipped = true #
I can’t think of any reason Barr needs to hold a press conference to discuss a report Mueller wrote. He needs to get out of the way. https://t.co/gJbazzL8sO# p #32_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 17, 2019# p #33_62 # ad skipped = true #
Newsflash: no one wants to hear from Barr. Show us the full report. You should never have been confirmed and at best should be recused. We don’t need a statement from the President’s legal team. We want the full #MuellerReport# p #34_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 17, 2019# p #35_62 # ad skipped = true #
House Judiciary chair slams AG Barr for not releasing Mueller report until hours after his press conference https://t.co/SKb3hlBdb3# p #36_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) April 17, 2019# p #37_62 # ad skipped = true #
Can't ask meaningful questions at a press conference about a report you have not seen or read. https://t.co/4U3ahbYiyy# p #38_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Kristine Phillips (@kristinegWP) April 17, 2019# p #39_62 # ad skipped = true #
Per @RepJerryNadler , Barr tomorrow is planning to:# p #40_62 # ad skipped = true #
— hold his own press conference about Mueller,# p #41_62 # ad skipped = true #
— without Mueller there,# p #42_62 # ad skipped = true #
— well before anyone will be allowed access to even Barr's redacted version of Mueller's findings.# p #43_62 # ad skipped = true #
Why?# p #44_62 # ad skipped = true #
Where's Mueller?https://t.co/SjjGHUe5to# p #45_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 17, 2019# p #46_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is literally no plausible explanation for the gap between the so-called “press conference” & report release other than trying to control the narrative. https://t.co/ezVtBqwOrm# p #47_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) April 17, 2019# p #48_62 # ad skipped = true #
Dear #MSM,# p #49_62 # ad skipped = true #
PLEASE do not propagate the false narrative Barr will be presenting tomorrow morning. We're counting on you to do better.# p #50_62 # ad skipped = true #
A grateful nation https://t.co/Sfg9VUVpKH# p #51_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Adrienne Kirschner (@AdaKirschner) April 17, 2019# p #52_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is absolutely no reason for Barr to be holding a press conference to take questions on a report no one has yet had a chance to read and digest. This is stupid.# p #53_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 17, 2019# p #54_62 # ad skipped = true #
you mean… in the annals of gaslighting, corruption, and fascist behavior.# p #55_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) April 17, 2019# p #56_62 # ad skipped = true #
It’s gonna be to announce a second special counsel… watch.# p #57_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Amber Watson Tardiff (@AmberWTardiff) April 17, 2019# p #58_62 # ad skipped = true #
Do something about it! You are the most powerful congressman right now. https://t.co/EiZ1AMMpJh# p #59_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) April 17, 2019# p #60_62 # ad skipped = true #
I suppose we all knew it would end this way… pic.twitter.com/HUxe5SczCo# p #61_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) April 17, 2019# p #62_62 # ad skipped = true #
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‘Toxic’ Trump Could Lose More Fox Hosts After Mar-a-Lago Search Says Morning Joe: Revelations Are ‘Going to Keep Coming’
Former President Donald Trump appears to be losing one of his top conservative media allies, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Republicans may finally be willing to cut him loose before he sinks their election chances again.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham said on a recent podcast that Americans are “exhausted” by the former president and may prefer to “turn the page” to another Republican presidential candidate in 2024, and the “Morning Joe” host said they’d be wise to do it sooner rather than later.
“I mean, from my point of view, that would be best for America, but from somebody’s point of view who is interested in the Republican Party defeating Democrats, it would be in the Republican Party’s best interest also if that’s what they did,” Scarborough said. “He has too many negatives. They say it time and again, that guy is not going to ever win back voters he lost in the suburbs of Atlanta or the Philly suburbs or the Detroit suburbs or any of these suburbs. He’s toxic for 55 percent of Americans, and he’s just never going to get those people back, so it does make a lot of sense.”
The former president has been taking on water since the FBI searched his Mar-A-Lago residence as part of an espionage investigation, and Scarborough said his legal problems could sink GOP candidates this fall.
“It makes sense to warn other Republicans, some whom have flocked to Donald Trump over the past week because they wanted to show how loyal they were to him, I mean, they’re having trouble even keeping sort of the defense consistent because he keeps changing his story every three or four hours,” Scarborough said. “One story contradicts another story. You know, we’re just at the beginning of this. The news is going to continue to get worse. This is like the first round of Mike Tyson versus Allen, the boxing club champion of Princeton from 1967. It is not going to get better over the next 14 rounds.”
“You know, it doesn’t make sense for Republicans to embrace this guy, then be shocked by one revelation after another revelation after another revelation,” he added. “They’re going to keep coming.”
Watch the video below or at this link.
Former Trump CFO Nearing ‘Unexpectedly Favorable’ Plea Deal With Manhattan DA: NYT
Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, who worked for the Trump family since 1970, is nearing a plea deal with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in his case, according to The New York Times. Charges include conspiracy, grand larceny, criminal tax fraud, and falsifying business records.
Weisselberg, who is 75, could walk away with a minor prison sentence of just five months, the Times reports, calling it “an unexpectedly favorable outcome for him.”
The plea deal would not include any cooperation on broader issues related to Donald Trump. Legal experts have said Weisselberg knows nearly everything that the Trump Organization has done.
“His plea deal, if finalized, would bring prosecutors no closer to indicting the former president but would nonetheless brand one of his most trusted lieutenants a felon.”
Earlier this year Manhattan D.A. Bragg came under intense criticism after he seemingly halted his office’s longtime investigation into Donald Trump.
One of the prosecutors who worked 0n the Trump case but quit when Bragg ended it called it a “grave failure of justice,” and said Trump was “guilty of numerous felonies.”
“Prosecutors accuse Weisselberg of a 15-year scheme to defraud federal, New York State, and New York City tax authorities of $1.76 million in ‘off-the-books’ compensation,” Law & Crime reported. “These included $359,058 in tuition expenses for multiple family members, $196,245 for leases on his Mercedes Benz automobiles, $29,400 in unreported cash, and an unspecified amount in ad hoc personal expenses, according to his indictment.”
In 2018 The New Yorker reported “Allen Weisselberg, the firm’s longtime chief financial officer, is the center, the person in the company who knows more than anyone.”
Does Trump Still Have Classified Docs? DOJ May Think So After Asking Judge to Keep Affidavit Sealed Former Fed Says
After the National Archives had to travel to Mar-a-Lago earlier this year to take back 15 cartons of documents and other items from the Trump White House, and even after the FBI raided Donald Trump’s Florida home last week, could it possible the Dept. of Justice thinks the former president is still holding onto classified documents?
One former federal prosecutor says that one of two distinct possibilities, after DOJ asked a federal judge on Monday to not unseal the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion.
“There remain compelling reasons, including to protect the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation that implicates national security, that support keeping the affidavit sealed,” the Dept. of Justice’s filing states, ABC News reports. “In a footnote, department officials write that they ‘carefully considered’ whether they could release the affidavit with redactions, but the redactions necessary to ‘mitigate harms to the integrity of the investigation would be so extensive as to render the remaining unsealed text devoid of meaningful content, and the release of such a redacted version would not serve any public interest.'”
“Interesting tidbit,” writes The New York Times’ Alan Feuer. “Prosecutors acknowledge they’ve been interviewing witnesses and say the release of the warrant application could ‘chill future cooperation by witnesses as ‘investigation progresses.'”
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotto says the Dept. of Justice may think Trump still has more classified documents – or there are charges coming in response to the Mar-a-Lago raid.
Mariotto writes: “This suggests DOJ is continuing its investigation, which means one of two things: 1) DOJ *still* isn’t convinced they have all of the classified material Trump took when he left office. 2) They have an ongoing criminal investigation of this matter that could result in charges.”
“That’s potentially very important news,” Mariotto adds. “Many national security pros thought that the main (if not only) purpose of the search warrant was to secure sensitive material, not to build potential criminal charges.”
“The government does not object to unsealing other materials filed in connection with the search warrant whose unsealing would not jeopardize the integrity of this national security investigation, subject to minor redactions to protect government personnel.”
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